2005 Chateau Kirwan 6.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89-91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94
Red Wine

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"I like the mineral, lead pencil and berry aromas to this. Full-bodied, very silky and refined. Long finish. Compact and tight, with lovely structure." (WS)

"I remember tasting a number of Kirwans from the 19th century that had held up surprisingly well for over 100 years. While the 2005 will probably not last that long, it may be one of the finest wines this estate has made in the last fifty years. This brilliant, full-bodied, powerful, broodingly backward Margaux exhibits a dense purple hue along with notes of charcoal, licorice, blackberries, and graphite. Exceptionally concentrated, possessing high tannin, zesty acidity, and a 45-second finish, it should be purchased only by patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035." (WA)

"Good full ruby-red. Primary aromas of blackberry, violet, mint and licorice. Sweet and densely packed, with good mineral firmness to the chewy black fruit flavors. No shortage of flavor or breadth here. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins, with ripe acids carrying the wine's fruit. This is more harmonious than it appeared to be from barrel a year ago. Enologist Michel Rolland was responsible for putting together the 2005 blend but ended his relationship with Kirwan prior to the 2006 harvest." (VM)

"At this point a wine of somewhat mixed messages, Kirwan is a ripe and fairly outgoing effort that is long on creamy oak and concentrated cassis and blackberry fruit. At the same time, it is limited by its harsh and fairly abrupt tannins, and, while deep enough to offer good aging potential, it clearly requires at least eight to ten years of patience." (CG)

"Barrel sample. There is excellent balance here: the fruit is dark and opulent, but also fresh from acidity, piled with firm but generous tannins. A wine with excellent potential." (WE)

ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE ’05 GRAND CRUS FOR UNDER $70!! LOVED IT! 2005 CHATEAU KIRWAN, Grand Cru Margaux

I’ve been drinking Kirwan for over 40 years and this is by a far the best wine I ever tasted from this Chateau. How good? Well at a dinner party I was at a few weeks ago, I brought the Kirwan ’05, and someone else generously brought the ’02 Ch. Margaux. Resulting in a fascinating comparison of a third growth Grand Cru, i.e. Kirwan against one of the top Bordeaux Premier Grand Crus in the world—all be it from a so-so vintage. Though the ’02 Margaux was quite good, the depth and complexity of the Kirwan made it the more appealing and complex wine. One of the starkest examples I’ve seen where the pedigree of the vintage (’05 in this case) out shown the much more highly rated vineyard. (Oh, yes the ’02 Margaux is at least triple the price).

But you don’t have to rob Peter to pay Paul to know what a winner one has with the ’05 Kirwan, which at under $60 may be the best value for any ’05 left bank Chateau. Don’t’ miss this wine.

You get the first sign of the superiority of this wine as you view its deep black/purple color and enjoy the bouquet of ripe berries and hints of rose petals and lilacs. You will be surprised at the full-body richness of the wine, for one does not expect such a luscious nature from a Margaux. In the flavors, there is loads of cassis and currants with noticeable hints of anise, cherries and vanilla oak. One finds also a good tannic backbone and a firm structure that indicates this is a wine for the long haul, one that will improve until the 2020’s and will keep well unto the 2040’s.

Chateau Kirwan covers some 87 aces, divided roughly in five almost adjacent sections in the Cantenac part of the Margaux appellation. The cepage is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. One of the highest percents of Petite Verdot of any Chateau, and one of the reasons for the wines deep color.

RATING: 94/95
PRICE: $59.95
WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.
(Martin's Guide To Wine Bargains)